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Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services Conference March 15, 2013. Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime Community intervention outside and/or with APS Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

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Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services ConferenceMarch 15, 2013

Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime

Community intervention outside and/or with APS

Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

Samples of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Public Service Announcements (TV), “Who does What” chart, case summaries, other materials


A Victim Service and non-Government example of helping elder victims

  • Crime Victim Services (whether reported to police or not)

  • Private non-profit (not prosecutor or system based)

  • Mission: To help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution

  • Rich Burgoon, Victim Ministry / Elder Victim Coordinator: [email protected]

  • David Voth, Executive Director; 419-222-8666 [email protected]; www.CrimeVictimServivces.org


Ohio Victim Services Overview

  • Victim / Witness Division in prosecutor offices

  • Victim Assistance in Sheriff Ofc. or Police Dept.

  • Rape crisis and domestic violence programs

  • State networks (MADD, CASA, POMC, etc.)

    • OH Domestic Violence Network; 800-934-9840 (odvn.org)

    • OH Alliance to End Sexual Violence; 888-886-8388 (oaesv.org)

  • ohioattorneygeneral.gov; click on victims, then directory “Picking Up The Pieces” = victim rights; 800-582-2877

  • VINE – offender notices; 800-770-0192; vine-link.com


SAFETY

Protection Order help

Emergency repair costs

Safety planning

Short / long term shelter

HEALING

Crisis counseling

Family support & info

24 hr hotlines

24 hr hospital response

Clinical counseling

Support groups

JUSTICE

Victim impact statements

Court hearing notices

Legal rights advocacy

Court guidance / advocacy

Witness preparation

Financial Recovery

Emergency money

Ohio Victim Compensation

Court ordered restitution

Advocacy for bills & losses

Victim Services Examples – even if no arrest or APS case

required in Ohio Revised Code 2930


Victim services & volunteers in elder abuse

  • Where does victim services fit in the elder abuse response?

    • Ombudsman criminal cases assisted by us in court

  • What is the response to elder abuse in your community?

  • Connect dots with Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    • Adult Protective Services

    • Area Agency on Aging, Region 3 (primarily Passport)

  • Re-activated “Elder Justice Council” with 15 partners


Victim Ministry is an Elder Outreach of Crime Victim ServicesAllen County, Ohio


Victim Ministry services

SAFETY

  • Protection Order help

  • Emergency repair costs

  • Emergency cell phones

    HEALING

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Support, info & Referrals

  • Clinical counseling

  • Faith support

JUSTICE

  • Court hearing notices

  • Legal rights advocacy

  • Court accompaniment

    FINANCIAL RECOVERY

  • Emergency money

  • OH Victim Compensation

  • Court ordered restitution


How We Reach Victims

  • Who Does What for Elder Victimizations?

  • Memorandums of Understanding and law enforcement reports

  • Partnerships with area agencies.

    • Housing/Apartment building managers

    • Shelters

    • Hospitals

    • Home Health Aid Providers

    • Elder Justice Coalition

  • Raise public awareness.

    • Booths at local events

    • Offer training/sharing at local agencies

    • Public Service Announcements


PSA -Financial Exploitation


PSA- Allen County Sheriff


PSA - Physical, Emotional and Financial Abuse


PSA - Youth Speaking Up


Some Abuse Cases We Have Helped

  • ID Theft

  • Financial Exploitation

  • Emotional Abuse and Neglect

  • Self Neglect


What We Do To Help

  • Emergency Repairs

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Home Visits

  • Friendly Cards, Letters and Phone Calls

  • Referrals to Appropriate Agencies

  • Spiritual Support

  • Legal Process, Court Advocacy

  • Protection Order Forms and Assistance

  • Victim Restitution and Compensation Forms


Volunteer Recruitment and Training

  • Newspaper Ads, Church Bulletins, TV Ads, Community Events, Word of Mouth

  • Matching volunteers to the rights tasks and how many you need to provide the services

  • 20 hrs of pre-service training is required

  • Must pass an FBI and BCI&I background check


Challenges

  • What agency can you work with?

    • Council on Aging

    • Senior Citizen Center

    • Area Agency on Aging

    • Victim Services

  • Financial Gaps

    • Volunteers reduce the cost

    • Program financial sustainability problem

    • May need fundraising, grants, United Way, etc.


Challenges

  • Investigations

    • Volunteers are not trained investigators

    • Volunteers can assist when requested

    • Volunteers can sometimes gather information that investigators can’t by observing and befriending the victim


Challenges

  • Legal

    • Volunteers NEVER offer legal advice or direction

    • Volunteers can refer victims to legal professionals

  • Some agencies are reluctant to recognize and work with a volunteer program.

  • Victims might not cooperate with people they perceive as “non-professional”


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